(Top photo: a model posing as a flasher. Photo: PA/PA Archive/PA Images)
Adding to an already sizeable collection of unwelcome badges Swindon has been awarded over the years – including that of Britain's "most ignorant town" – it's now been dubbed the "pervert capital of the UK".
New data from the Home Office reveals there were 94 cases of people exposing themselves or spying on others in the town in the year between September of 2015 and 2016.
When compared to population data, statistics suggest that one in every 2,310 people in Swindon is an offender when it comes to this kind of behaviour – three times higher than the national average. The figures also revealed an increase of 40 instances of voyeurism or exposure compared to the previous year.
Following Swindon was Camden, where 88 cases of exposure and voyeurism were recorded last year, followed by Hackney, with 86 cases. Blackpool and Westminster make up the remainder of the top five areas with the highest rate of flashers and peeping toms.
Exposure is classified as when someone exposes their genitals with the intention of someone seeing them, while voyeurism is defined as someone observing or recording a person doing a private act without their consent. The maximum sentence for both crimes is two years in prison.
Rutland, in the East Midlands, was the only place in England and Wales that didn't record any instances of people committing either offence.